Pine “Would Love” to Make Another Star Trek Movie
The all new podcast Things are going well for me (which launched yesterday) features an interview with Star Trek actor Chris Pine, recorded in April. While some details may be out of date, Pine has said some remarkable things about his future with the Trek franchise, especially in light of his departure from 2018 salary negotiations for the Star Trek 4 project a few months before this film was supposed to go into production. It also means that the interview was conducted four months before news broke that the Noah Hawley Star Trek project was on hiatus and that Star Trek 4 the project may be in the game again.
Podcast host J. Claude Deering broached the subject with Pine while discussing Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek Project which is much talked about with Pine:
Cerf: Are you working with Tarantino on the next Star Trek, what’s the latest?
Pin: I did not hear anything. I mean, I get asked these questions all the time. I’m like the last person to find out anything. So I heard, what did I hear? Tarantino is going to do one. And then, who is it? Noah Hawley was going to do something else, and then it failed. And then he’s gonna do something with the Discovery, the new cast led by Alex Kurtzman. So, I really don’t know. I know Paramount is coming out of a bit of a restructuring and sort of a major corporate restructuring. So I hope that when all this dust settles, something concrete will come out of it and we will get to work. I would love to do it.
There is a lot to unpack from this brief exchange. It seems Pine knew the Noah Hawley movie was falling from Paramount front months before this news broke. Pine also appears to indicate that there was a discussion about a movie involving the cast of Star Trek: Discovery.
But the most important thing Pine said was that he was always ready to get back to work playing Captain James T. Kirk for Paramount. Pine’s talk about corporate restructuring may be his way of suggesting that the studio is in a better financial position now than when the money talks collapsed in 2018. Star Trek 4 project with Pine and Chris Hemsworth could be the “when all that dust settles” moment that Pine was eagerly awaiting last April.
Even though Pine, who turned 40 this week, walked away from the negotiating table in 2018, he maintained he wanted to return to duty. And he continues to have a good relationship with Paramount. The studio tapped it in April to reboot The Saint, with reports at the time saying Paramount was still interested in returning to Star Trek as well.
How a bad movie experience almost kept Pine from becoming Kirk
During the podcast, Chris Pine shared how he got started with Star Trek, including how he got into multiple auditions and a bad experience on a different movie he did between auditions almost kept him from staying with Hollywood:
Pin: I had done a play at Geffen called Fat pig and auditioned for[[[[Star Trek]and I was so busy doing a play that I really didn’t think about it. I did not do well at the audition. I didn’t think about it. I left and made a movie I really had the worst time in[probablythelow-budgethorrorfilm[probablementlefilmd’horreuràpetitbudget[probablythelow-budgethorrorfilmCarriers]came back and my agent said, “The hearing for Star Trek is back. And I was really in a place that I wanted to move to in New York and I was just disappointed with the movie world. And do theater or something.
They convinced me to participate in this hearing… And one of the [scenes] It was when I first met Uhura and was flirting with her. and it’s a lot of fun because it’s comedy. But the other was really difficult. It’s a bunch of gobbledygook on the bridge. You know, photons and phasers and all that stuff. It’s hard to do when you’re sitting on a plastic chair in a conference room. But [producer/director] not a word [Abrams] was so amazing. He is so lively, so alive and so enthusiastic. He’s a theater lover and a movie lover, and that rocked the whole vibe in the room and I felt like I could do it all. I really credit her open-mindedness in the room for opening me up and letting me do my thing and that was it.
Listen to Pine’s full interview, including talking to Tarantino about his grandmother
The entire first episode of Things are going well for me can be heard below. Pine’s interview begins at 2:10 p.m. In addition to Star Trek, they cover a lot, including Wonder Woman and how Quentin Tarantino spoke to his mother at an Oscar party for 40 minutes about Pine’s grandmother, actress Anne Gwynne.
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